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Bowdoin Among 'New Ivies' in Popular Newsweek Article

Story posted April 19, 2010


College admissions season has students and their parents surfing the Web for all things college-related.

A compilation of Newsweek's top five most viewed popular culture articles includes a feature that counts Bowdoin among "America's 25 New Elite 'Ivies.'"

An excerpt from the article:

Location's high on the list of reasons students flock to Bowdoin. The star attraction: the Atlantic. The school owns 200 acres of beautiful research property on Orr's Island, off the rocky coast of Maine. In winter, students have plenty of space to ski cross-country. Not surprisingly, Bowdoin draws many mountain climbers, kayakers and hikers.
Bowdoin's students work hard, but the atmosphere is not as intensely competitive as at comparable schools.
The most popular major is government and legal studies, followed by economics, English, history, biology, sociology and environmental science.
Bowdoin phased out its fraternities a decade ago, and most students now live on campus.
Dorms are small — about 30 to 50 students per building — and feel more like apartments. Students praise the food. The school even serves fresh lobster at the first-year banquet. Overlap schools: Williams, Amherst, Brown, Dartmouth and Middlebury.

Read the article.

The article, first published August 21, 2006, included Bowdoin among the likes of the University of Michigan, New York University, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt.

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